COGx is a research and development firm in applied cognitive science. We design clinical programs that incorporate the latest scientific research on human learning to improve how people learn.
Our individualized cognitive enhancement programs improve learning through a three-pronged approach. First, we improve learning by targeting (drill and practice) the cognitive areas that are responsible for learning ability. Second, we teach students the principles of successful learning at an age and ability-appropriate level. Third, we are the only program that holds itself accountable to transfer. We do this by incorporating real-life learning objectives into every program while we lift metacognition. This ensures that the gains achieved in the program are sustainable and transferable to real-life. COGx programs are unique because they are clinical, customized, in-person and accountable to your goals. Competing programs are standardized and cannot commit themselves to improving learning outcomes. Instead, they define success by scoring better in tests they design. To learn more, visit: https://cogx.info/individuals/
Our programs utilize the COGx methodology to enhance cognition in order to improve learning. COGx programs are delivered by professionals trained and certified to deliver the methodology. They strategically select and deliver relevant exercises from the methodology, which they modify and adapt to accommodate for each student’s learning style, ability and program goals. The exercises, along with the inflection points prompted and teaching that unfolds in each session, improves the specific cognitive areas that allow an individual to learn effectively or efficiently, and often help achieve social and functional goals. COGx Professionals work with students to teach, train, and transfer evidence-based techniques and strategies that optimize learning. The individualized cognitive enhancement programs offered by COGx are customized, technology free, and delivered one-on-one.
There are two pre-requisites to ensuring we are a good fit for a student. First, our methods must have the ability to address your needs. Second, we must be able to engage each student to exert their best effort. To determine fit based on our methodology’s ability to address your needs, we can improve the following cognitive processes: sustaining focus, problem solving, following multi-step directions, metacognition, linking and making associations, visualization, creative thinking, impulse control/self-regulation, sequencing, pattern recognition, attention to detail, storing and recalling information, critical thinking, processing speed/slow work, self-monitoring, organizing and articulating ideas, listening skills, shifting between tasks and ideas, time management, and/or effective study skills. If any of these issues can be improved, then he or she may be eligible for our program. The aforementioned areas are symptoms of cognitive deficits, which effectively can be trained and improved upon in our program. In addition, we don’t enroll students in our programs if we can’t succeed at engaging them to exert their best effort and remain committed to the program. We make it clear to them that we can’t succeed without their active participation.
COGx has a comprehensive intake procedure to ensure our methodology/program is appropriate for addressing the unique needs of each individual we serve. A COGx Professional will 1) conduct a consultation with the parents to learn more about the student’s abilities, needs, concerns and goals, 2) administer a clinical cognitive assessment in order to identify areas of strength and weakness within the individual’s learning profile, and 3) when appropriate, request that teachers and other therapists/caregivers working closely with the student complete a survey. After reviewing information from all parties, the COGx Professional will be able to determine if COGx is a good fit. If so, the COGx Professional will work collaboratively with the parent/child to establish program goals and provide an estimated amount of time in accomplishing these. The COGx Professional will sign an oath to the parent/child committing to delivering on these goals.
Because each program is unique, the duration of a program is a function of the program goals, baselines, and rate of progress. It is our experience that the majority of cognitive enhancement programs (80% or more) are completed in 60-80 hours. In some cases, programs can be shorter or longer.
Unlike ongoing tutoring or therapies, COGx is a one-time intervention. However, intensity and consistency is important to driving meaningful results. Our programs usually require approximately 4 hours per week to maintain a high level of intensity in the program.
The COGx Professional working with each individual prepares provides reports detailing the rate of progress towards your program goals. In addition, all COGx Professionals sign an Oath at the start of a program that requires they report any issues regarding progress and effectiveness. Furthermore, all COGx programs have managerial oversight along with Quality Assurance support to ensure the efficacy and/or address any concerns.
Typically, cognitive enhancement programs rely on their own tests to prove they have achieved their client’s objectives. We believe this approach is not credible for obvious reasons. A program cannot be responsible for identifying a need it can conveniently remedy. The conflict of interest is self-serving and it should raise suspicion. COGx programs offer each student the opportunity to clinically and independently measure cognitive gains achieved through the program. After a program is completed, a post-assessment is conducted using a clinical battery of tests, typically the Woodcock-Johnson. While we welcome clinical validity, we also hold ourselves accountable to real-life gains. If someone wishes to improve how effectively and independently they can learn in a classroom, which is a common objective, then a clinical test is not sufficient proof to demonstrate that. We expect and ensure that each program we deliver develops a more autonomous self-directed learner. Therefore, we don’t treat students as data-points. Instead, we develop a case study for every student detailing the approach and outcomes of his or her program.
There is always an important trade off to consider. The younger the student is, the less likely they are to become supervisors of their own learning process. However, the older they are, the more ingrained negative behaviors or emotions associated to learning struggles become. Nonetheless, gains are generally maintained because we are gradually re-wiring the brain to operate more effectively and efficiently over the course of the program. Factors that affect this are intensity, frequency, duration, motivation, and awareness. COGx Professionals are trained to deliver intense and targeted sessions and are taught how to effectively raise a student’s metacognition/awareness. If a student comes to sessions as directed and motivated, then the skills we target will develop and the techniques and strategies we teach should become a habit to implement.